Are you in a business you don’t enjoy?

Are you in a business that you don’t enjoy and feel passionate about? If so, I’d love to know a) why you got into it in the first place and b) whether you plan on staying in it longer.

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This is going somewhere, but I can’t tell you where … not just yet.

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1 Anonymous August 1, 2006 at 7:32 am

To be honest, I love parts of what I do. But I procrastinate on the things that need to be done that I don’t enjoy.

I am a sole proprietor and make a middle class living. I really like coming up with business ideas, writing a business plan and executing that plan, but after I get everything running, I get bored with the mundane stuff, and the mundane stuff takes up 80% of my time. OK, well procrastinating by escapism takes up a good deal of that 80%. Nonetheless I have a high amount of anxiety because of the work that needs to be done. One answer is to work harder, but I think the better answer is to set my life up so that I mostly enjoy what I do.

Another problem is money. Its not motivating enough. Once I’ve started a biz and got it running I am not that interested anymore. The passion is not there. So I keep these businesses running at a low capacity and spend a good deal of time thinking up a new biz.

So, I love part of what I do, but the ongoing, tedious manual labor, or low inspiring work bogs me down. I’ve had employees and they just are more work.

Luckily I am living in an age where somebody can put up a website and the owner can create it so there is little manual labor involved. So I am going to sell my businesses that are causing procrastination so I can focus on business creation.

Nice theory, and I’m sure there are people doing it. But who? It has to be possible, but I’ve no proof. What I would like is an example that I could learn from. I have to get out of the physical business mindset and try to find a way to set up sites that are low labor.

Business is very much like a game for me, one that I am very serious and competetive about. But nothing motivates me to do the tedious stuff I don’t enjoy AFTER I’ve done it enough to make the business run and know that my idea worked. I should say that money is a motivator because its a way for me to keep score, but when I know the ceiling is low its not compelling. One biz I have makes 50K every year. I hate it and I’m near the ceiling on it. Just not motivating. The effort to raise the ceiling is too great.

The trick for me will be finding a way to stay passionate about what I am doing. Then, I am a tireless and happy worker because I am just enjoying it so much. So far this idea is only in La La land.

I want multiple streams of income. I want to be able to continually expand the businesses where the profit is high enough to warrant the expense of time, effort and money it will take to expand. I want to do this with the smallest labor force possible. I want the website to take the order, process it and: 1. have a person ship it out. OR 2. allow the buyer to download something. OR 3. allow the buyer to be a member via a monthly fee. OR 4. have advertising pay for the site to be up. OR 5. about a 100 things I don’t know about because I’m so green to understanding how to make money online. I can’t even find a book on selling ad space online.

I am at my best when I am passionate about what I’m doing. When I am not I feel like I’m wasting my life. That’s why I procrastinate, because I feel like doing the work that a 10 year old could do is a waste of my life.

Anyway, I am learning. I am always looking for advice, so any comments would be greatly appreciated.

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2 Anonymous August 1, 2006 at 12:32 pm

To be honest, I love parts of what I do. But I procrastinate on the things that need to be done that I don’t enjoy.
I am a sole proprietor and make a middle class living. I really like coming up with business ideas, writing a business plan and executing that plan, but after I get everything running, I get bored with the mundane stuff, and the mundane stuff takes up 80% of my time. OK, well procrastinating by escapism takes up a good deal of that 80%. Nonetheless I have a high amount of anxiety because of the work that needs to be done. One answer is to work harder, but I think the better answer is to set my life up so that I mostly enjoy what I do.
Another problem is money. Its not motivating enough. Once I’ve started a biz and got it running I am not that interested anymore. The passion is not there. So I keep these businesses running at a low capacity and spend a good deal of time thinking up a new biz.
So, I love part of what I do, but the ongoing, tedious manual labor, or low inspiring work bogs me down. I’ve had employees and they just are more work.
Luckily I am living in an age where somebody can put up a website and the owner can create it so there is little manual labor involved. So I am going to sell my businesses that are causing procrastination so I can focus on business creation.
Nice theory, and I’m sure there are people doing it. But who? It has to be possible, but I’ve no proof. What I would like is an example that I could learn from. I have to get out of the physical business mindset and try to find a way to set up sites that are low labor.
Business is very much like a game for me, one that I am very serious and competetive about. But nothing motivates me to do the tedious stuff I don’t enjoy AFTER I’ve done it enough to make the business run and know that my idea worked. I should say that money is a motivator because its a way for me to keep score, but when I know the ceiling is low its not compelling. One biz I have makes 50K every year. I hate it and I’m near the ceiling on it. Just not motivating. The effort to raise the ceiling is too great.
The trick for me will be finding a way to stay passionate about what I am doing. Then, I am a tireless and happy worker because I am just enjoying it so much. So far this idea is only in La La land.
I want multiple streams of income. I want to be able to continually expand the businesses where the profit is high enough to warrant the expense of time, effort and money it will take to expand. I want to do this with the smallest labor force possible. I want the website to take the order, process it and: 1. have a person ship it out. OR 2. allow the buyer to download something. OR 3. allow the buyer to be a member via a monthly fee. OR 4. have advertising pay for the site to be up. OR 5. about a 100 things I don’t know about because I’m so green to understanding how to make money online. I can’t even find a book on selling ad space online.
I am at my best when I am passionate about what I’m doing. When I am not I feel like I’m wasting my life. That’s why I procrastinate, because I feel like doing the work that a 10 year old could do is a waste of my life.
Anyway, I am learning. I am always looking for advice, so any comments would be greatly appreciated.

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3 Anonymous July 24, 2006 at 6:14 am

I m actually not running a business right now but was planning to do so. Someone adviced me that any business involves risk since profit is the reward for risk bearing. But i m always scared to undertake any sorts of risks and face uncertainities. Do you ve any suggestions for my problem as i ve thought to stay in my business for life long and continue it for generations as and when its started.

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4 Anonymous July 24, 2006 at 11:14 am

I m actually not running a business right now but was planning to do so. Someone adviced me that any business involves risk since profit is the reward for risk bearing. But i m always scared to undertake any sorts of risks and face uncertainities. Do you ve any suggestions for my problem as i ve thought to stay in my business for life long and continue it for generations as and when its started.

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5 Anonymous July 15, 2006 at 11:33 pm

I’m a lawyer in my 4th year of practice and not loving what I’m doing.  The legal field is notorious for low levels of career satisfaction. 

a.  I got into the field after a couple years in Washington, D.C. thinking it was a natural move for someone interested and active in politics…I really never had any intention of practicing law.  But I am now!

b.  I’m torn.  I went on my own for the last year and a half…I think this set-up has the most promise.  I think if I can get this on financially solid ground and sort of branch-off into more enjoyable practice areas, it MAY work.

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6 Anonymous July 16, 2006 at 4:33 am

I’m a lawyer in my 4th year of practice and not loving what I’m doing.  The legal field is notorious for low levels of career satisfaction. 
a.  I got into the field after a couple years in Washington, D.C. thinking it was a natural move for someone interested and active in politics…I really never had any intention of practicing law.  But I am now!
b.  I’m torn.  I went on my own for the last year and a half…I think this set-up has the most promise.  I think if I can get this on financially solid ground and sort of branch-off into more enjoyable practice areas, it MAY work.

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7 Anonymous July 14, 2006 at 8:28 pm

I am in an industry that I enjoy and am passionate about, but not necessarily a business that I enjoy.  I have been constantly fighting to make my “risk adversed” personality take the plunge into running my own business, but I am somewhat afraid of the unknown and want to make sure that the capital investment doesn’t hurt my family in any way. 

1) I got into the business for the great salary and learning opportunity, but once the learning is over it became a typical corporate job.  I work very hard for the corporation and feel that I would be successful on my own if I ever gather the courage to give it a shot.

2) I plan on staying here until I can muster up the stregth to go on my own (which could be months if I remain miserable or years if I can handle it).  I realize that at some point action becomes more valuable than planning, but it is an internal battle I have to fight. 

Hope this helps with your point.

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8 Anonymous July 15, 2006 at 1:28 am

I am in an industry that I enjoy and am passionate about, but not necessarily a business that I enjoy.  I have been constantly fighting to make my “risk adversed” personality take the plunge into running my own business, but I am somewhat afraid of the unknown and want to make sure that the capital investment doesn’t hurt my family in any way. 
1) I got into the business for the great salary and learning opportunity, but once the learning is over it became a typical corporate job.  I work very hard for the corporation and feel that I would be successful on my own if I ever gather the courage to give it a shot.

2) I plan on staying here until I can muster up the stregth to go on my own (which could be months if I remain miserable or years if I can handle it).  I realize that at some point action becomes more valuable than planning, but it is an internal battle I have to fight. 
Hope this helps with your point.

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